Articles Posted in Car Accident Injuries

If you live in Homestead or are visiting the community and get into a car accident, insurance may help you pay for car repairs and medical care for broken bones and other physical injuries. However, if you have been in a traffic accident, you also need to consider trauma and your emotional health.

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According to some research studies, car collisions can lead to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and some accident survivors experience a wide range of symptoms, including disrupted sleep, changes in eating habits, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, personality changes, and more. The emotional impact following a car crash can be as debilitating as any physical injury, but getting help for trauma can be more difficult.

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Truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida are a key concern for truck drivers who work long hours to get cargo to businesses and customers. Truck drivers have a high risk of on-the-job injuries and of traffic accidents because they spend so much time on the road. Even though they have more training than passenger car drivers, inclement weather, grueling schedules, human error, and the mistakes of other drivers put them at risk of injuries.

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Truckers have made big changes over the years to reduce the risk of truck accidents. They have advocated for better and safer working conditions and changes to the industry to make the job safer. They have also fought back against lax training requirements.

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In Hollywood and across South Florida, car accidents are an obvious and frequent cause of injury. Children who are in a car injured in a car collision can suffer from many types of serious and life-threatening injuries. However, a vehicle doesn’t have to be on the road for it to pose serious risks to a child.

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Some of the less known risks to kids in vehicles include:

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Each year, up to 20 people across the country die because they are trapped in the trunk of a car. Most of these incidents occur either with children playing around a car and getting stuck in the trunk or occur because a child or adult is placed in the trunk of a car during a crime.

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Since 2002, it has been mandatory for cars to have trunk release handles inside the car’s trunk and by law these trunk releases must be glow-in-the-dark. Older cars may not have this feature. If you have an older car, you may be able to get a retrofit kit to make your trunk safer. Beyond this step, there are other things you can do to prevent trunk entrapment:

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Power windows are a convenient feature of many cars, but they exert enough force to seriously injure or even kill a child. While many parents are aware of the importance of car seats or the dangers of car accidents in Hollywood and their communities, they may not consider that something as simple as a window can kill.

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Windows can move up quickly and with enough force to crush small hands and arms. There have also been some fatal incidents involving children placing their head through the window and sustaining fatal injuries when a power window was activated. Since power windows are easy to operate, a small child may be able to make the window move easily. Children may have an interest in watching the windows move, which can mean they end up trapped.

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Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas which can be fatal. With no warning signs, it can enter your home and cause sleepiness as well as fatalities, so taking precautions is important. Cars are a major source of carbon monoxide and unfortunately, with our homes being more tightly sealed to ensure energy efficiency, carbon monoxide risks can occur in many homes.

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You can keep yourself and your family safe by:

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If your child has been in a Hollywood or South Florida accident, you may feel fortunate if your child has walked away without serious injuries. However, you still need to stay alert for the emotional impact of a car collision. Many children struggle in the weeks and months following a crash; some even develop depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other challenges.

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To help your child, you will want to:

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Nursing home residents may need to be transported by car to doctor’s appointments and other appointments. In some cases, nursing homes or hospitals arrange transportation for elderly residents of nursing homes to ensure they get the care they need. When nursing home residents are in a Hollywood traffic accident, however, they may be far more at risk when compared to the rest of the population.

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Seniors who are in nursing homes may already have underlying medical conditions which make them vulnerable to complications after a serious injury. If a senior has a condition such as osteoporosis, they are also more likely suffer from fractures and injuries. If an elderly patient has dementia or other disorders, they may have a difficult time communicating with emergency responders or even doctors after a car accident, which can affect care.

In addition, seniors may face ageism and difficulty getting care, according to some research. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that one out of five seniors faces ageism when seeking health care, placing these patients at a higher risk of injury and complications.

A car accident in Hollywood or South Florida is always terrifying, but it can be even more so if you’re expecting a baby and you are concerned about your child as well as your health. Unfortunately, car accidents can damage unborn children, can cause early labor, and can lead to other distress to both the mom and the baby.

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If you are pregnant, there are several things you will want to do to stay safe as possible:

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Car accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida often result in serious injuries, such as head trauma and fractures. Fractures are quite common in accidents due to the force of impact. Bones of the foot can be especially vulnerable to breaks, especially if your foot gets trapped under the pedal or if you to drive a small car and are in a head-on crash during which the front of your car is smashed.

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The crumple zone of your car is meant to protect you from head-on car accidents. The front of your car lessens the impact it before the metal and plastic vehicle gets your feet and legs. The force of the impact will have to tear through the entire hood. Unfortunately, in some smaller footprint cars, crumple zones are greatly reduced, increasing the risk of broken feet. In addition, some drivers place their feet underneath the pedals or in such a position that their feet can easily slip underneath the pedal in the event of a crash.

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